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12 October, 2016

I guess Google wants you to talk to all of its products as if they're the replacement for the search box of old, so perhaps that's part of what is keeping Google attached to the "OK, Google" hotword and the new "Assistant" name.

Google Assistant is going to have a relatively better sense of humor compared with Siri and Alexa - assuming that Pixar and The Onion writers can come up with better jokes than Apple and Amazon's AI-powered voice assistants, that is.

One of the more intriguing aspects of Google Assistant is that users can elect to receive certain types of information on a daily basis.

Google has hired some witty writers from the likes of The Onion and Pixar to liven up conversations between its simply-named Google Assistant and its users, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Google Home works by always listening after you plug it in and simply has to be within earshot when you say "OK Google". The device comes in 3 colors namely quite black, very silver and really blue. Whenever users are bored, they can ask the Google Home to tell them a joke. For instance, the Assistant will ask you whether you have heard about the houses falling in love, as it was a lawn distance relationship.

Beyond its proprietary connected home hardware, the list of Google Home's smart home partners at launch is limited to the usual suspects - Nest, Samsung SmartThings and Philips Hue - as well as a number of do-it-yourself IFTTT integrations. Increasingly, our expectations for these assistants has become for them to act more human.

While the aforementioned apps will tell you a joke, or offer the occasional witty retort, Google seemingly wants Assistant to raise the bar for the Google Home speaker.

And the reason neither company makes this easy to do is that the real point of these devices is to try and convince users to sign up to and use the music service of the company that built them-whether it's Amazon or Google-and by extension lock them into its other services as well.


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